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‘A stampede’: Marco Rubio says non-stop demand for small business rescue program is straining capacity

WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio rejects President Donald Trump’s characterization that federal efforts to help small businesses survive the coronavirus crisis have been “flawless,” but the Florida Republican said the situation is improving and Congress should approve at least $200 billion more to meet a continuing “stampede” of demand. […]

Trump replaces watchdog who was overseeing $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus spending

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump replaced acting Pentagon Inspector General Glenn Fine Monday night, a move that removes Fine as the top watchdog for COVID-19 stimulus. Fine had been selected by fellow inspectors general to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. The inspectors general created the committee to […]

Acting Navy secretary is out after bungled firing of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s captain

WASHINGTON – Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly has resigned after mishandling the firing of the captain of the COVID-19-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt, sources with knowledge of the decision have confirmed. Modly offered to resign, according to a Capitol Hill source, and Defense secretary Mark Esper accepted, according to a Defense Department […]

Joe Biden and Donald Trump had ‘really wonderful, warm’ phone call about coronavirus response after tweets

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke over the phone on Monday about the coronavirus response, days after Trump said he would “absolutely” take Biden’s call. “Vice President Biden and President Trump had a good call,” Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield said in […]